A Norristown police officer is on leave following his arrest and simple assault charges in connection to an alleged Christmas Eve incident in his Norristown home.
According to a criminal complaint filed in district court, two women who say they were with Brian L. Graham on Dec. 24 told police that Graham had assaulted them at his residence in the early morning hours, after he had been drinking.
Norristown police chief Mark E. Talbot, Sr. confirmed that Graham is currently a police officer and is now on paid administrative leave.
Graham caught the public’s attention earlier this year when he was commended for his role in capturing a man who authorities said was responsible for a slew of armed robberies in the greater-Norristown area.
According to the complaint, the first alleged victim told police that she arrived at Graham’s Markley Street home at 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, where he became intoxicated and said that he would invite another person.
The second alleged victim, supposedly arriving around 12 a.m., told police that all three of them had been drinking, according to the criminal complaint. The second victim told police that Graham went upstairs to shower and, after he asked her to come upstairs, she refused.
The first victim told police that Graham returned downstairs and yelled at the women to leave, and there was a tussle over Graham, the woman, and her belongings. The first woman said that she fell on the sofa, where Graham allegedly started to “‘choke’” her, according to the complaint.
Graham then allegedly dragged the second victim toward the back door and forced her outside, after which she said she suffered injuries to her arm and leg.
The first victim, who made the choking allegations, told police that, subsequent to the choking, she moved toward him to calm him but they fought, she fell, and he pushed her outside of the door.
He was arrested by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau and faces charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.
Graham’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2014 in district court.